Hungary water, or rather The Queen of Hungary’s water, is renowned for being the first alcohol-based perfume. Thought to date back to late 14th century – yet no one’s quite sure – the story goes that the Queen of Hungary commanded such a scent to be made to prolong her youth and beauty.
- Citrus essential oils
Now we love this medieval approach to the modern anti-wrinkle cream! 14th century men and women would both drink the concoction and massage it into their skin to act as a remedy to skin problems. Until eau de Cologne appeared in the 18th century, Hungary water remained the most popular perfume used across Europe.
There are many recipes for this herb and flower-based water, which makes a lovely skin toner and a refreshing spritz in the summer. Why not make your own? Central to the recipe is bergamot, lavender and citrus essential oils. Others often like to add the likes of rosemary, rose petals, marigold petals, peppermint, witch hazel, rose water and sage, to name just some of the variants – whilst vodka remains ever-popular as the go-to alcohol.
Once you’ve made your scented water, decant in pretty, sterilised bottles and store in the fridge. It’ll also be worth giving it a shake every now and then as well to keep fresh.
Visit www.motherearthliving.com and see their delicious recipe for Hungary water.